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are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice, and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> reporter: and we should also note that mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader, the top republican here in the senate, made some softer comments on the other sunday talk shows. he was saying that chuck hagel will get some thorough vetting, will get tough kwequestions, bue was not talking about it in the same stark terms as senator graham. president obama is making this nomination with congress out of town, so there's also time for this nomination to melt away. we'll have to see. >>> i want to take a closer look now at the anti-israel claims against hagel through the eyes of a seasoned diplomat. nicholas burns is a former undersecretary of state. he joins us by phone. good morning, mr. ambassador. >> good morning. >> before we speak, i want to tell people exactly what hagel said that -- those comments that are haunting him today. in one stat
at the congressional budget office. fantastic career in national security. as noted, comptroller of the pentagon today. one of the top officials, the key adviser to the secretary of defense on all matters financial. not only in terms of building budgets but executing them and trying to figure out how to save money and execute efficiencies and reforms within the defense budget. bob has a long career in national security. he was a navy officer at the beginning of his career he worked at the center for naval analyses, work for the logistics management institute early in his career and again later. he was my boss at the congressional budget office during the period, well, for a number of years, but including during the period when the berlin wall had just come down and rebuild a post-cold war military. working with people like senator sam nunn and aspen as most people on both sides of the aisle. bob was the comptroller of the air force during the clinton administration and has also been the executive director of the american society of military comptrollers. and so without further ado, please join me in w
the lead at the pentagon from leon pennetta, who offered some parting thoughts during the announcement. take a listen. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, sylvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. [ laughter ] >> i guess when you're out-going, mark halperin, you can do that. >> look, he's a funny guy and he survived in washington in public service for 50 years in the military in executive branch and congress being not just serious and smart and dedicated but a really funny and nice guy. incredible story. i was glad to see amist thedst announcement of the new nominees he got his ceremony and i'm sure there will be more in the next couple of weeks. >> a vietnam soldier and veteran has been nominated as the next secretary of defense and the president emphasized hagel's government service and personal connection to the organization he's now been nominated to run. >> chuck represents the bipartisan tradition we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus, he's earned
the department at the pentagon. a number of republicans have had issues with hagel. he has reportedly erected talks with hamas, some say he is not pro- israel enough. it has a number of republicans lined up against him in opposition. >> he has long severed ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. i do not know what is management experience is regarding the pentagon. i think it is an incredibly controversial choice. rich: this sets up a big fight in the u.s. senate. this at a time when those automatic defense cuts have been delayed for two months and that fiscal cliff deal. there are major questions in washington on defense spending going forward. this is a pretty timely opponent or appointment for the president when you consider all that is going on with not only the federal budget, but the defense budget. connell: thank you, rich edson. dagen: let's bring in matt welch. how do these nominations play into, again, the defense cuts that are on tap and other cuts that are on hand? >> first of all, happy birthday. congratulations on being able to drink.
. u.s. troops are now to shift to a support role this spring. months earlier than the pentagon originally predicted. the president made that announcement after meeting with his counterpart from afghanistan. harmid karzai at the white house. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting, afghan forces. it will be historic moment. >> most of the 66,000 combat troops in afghanistan are set to leave at the end of next year. the president says he has not yet decided whether to speed up that down draw or how many american force also stay around after 2014. this week at the white house said it would consider leaving zero ground troops behind but that was largely seen as a negotiating employee with the afghans. the president is keeping the option on the table, probably for that reason. jennifer griffin at the pentagon. is he also promising the afghans a strategic partisanship, what's -- partnership. >> the strategic partnership how many troops can say post 2014. the real question is whether they be given immunity. that whole zero optio
to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of i
will not be able to be fulfilled and meet those obligations . >> a recent pentagon report shows that one of afghan army 23 brigades was able to operate without military support from the u.s. or nato. you expect it to improve by 2014? >> i think the whole engagement is catastrophic and you look at the harvest of what we have done and look at sacrifices of the last 12 years now we had in afghanistan. we don't have much to show for it. we have a karzai as president . dysfunctional units that made habits . the afghan sold yirs were killing our own people and hundreds of billions later, the the fatalities and casuallies. it is it a good wor. but there is nothing good about the war. the chaos will claim afghanistan and the taliban will claim afghanistan and our work will have been for naught. >> that is it a sobering picture that you paint there. thank you for your insight. i appreciate it >> you, too. >> and rebel sitings are pressing ahead with fencive. there is a car boiming in damascus . in is follows a deadly crash. it is saying they were set off by rebels. battles in suburbs on the way to the airp
on spending, taxes, immigration, foreign policy all loom in the weeks and months ahead. former pentagon official, former reagan political director joining yes. pulitzer prize-winning journalist among our guests tonight. joining us to assess what could be a contentious road ahead for the president's national-security nominees to my katie mcfarland has held national security posts under three presidents and a fox these national security analyst and a pulitzer prize-winning journalist judith miller. let's begin with you. the nomination here of brennan and, of course, of hegel catching some, well, this -- by surprise despite the fact that their names have been proffered for some time. >> the jewish community, representatives have let the president know they do not like this appointment. there is to not to do it, but now what is done. many of them starting to fall in line saying, it is done. some will continue to oppose, but at this point you have to assume that senator hegel stands a good chance of being confirmed lou: : first to brennan, he has been purged of whatever his sins were under t
to the pentagon. >> someone who has seen combat, spilled blood of enemies in combat. it would be great for so many of the hawks to develop their think tanks. he is demanded independence of conscience. he has been a very loyal republican. the pointy criticized was president bush on the iraq war -- >> after voting for it. >> and after suggesting richard perle may want to lead the first combat and to baghdad. when you see someone like jim jones, brent, of bill: coming out in favor, i think that is good support. >> it is interesting how the centrist, a moderately conservative foreign policy establishment has rushed to his defense. when people who signed a letter for him was embassador pickering. >> i am getting a lot of unsolicited mail discussing chuck hegel's relationship with israel. i see no evidence of it, but there is a public strain their being discussed. that has to be dealt with. >> i know this is a political show, but i'm not leaving this chair without a word about rg3. >> we've got to win. that's all that matters. when it is on the line, the redskins will step up. >> revenue griffin iii, th
pentagon cutting and what i was saying in the piece today is that just because the sequestration cuts are bad doesn't mean that the defense budget is sacrosanct. it can be cut by a significant amount. >> neil: it would help the republicans make the argument we are open for cutting spending for things we hold dear and you should be open to cutting spending for things you hold dear. this doesn't seem to resonate in an atmosphere where there is no cutting going on period. >> the leading budget hawk who talk about this, basically they say back in 2007 the height of the iraq war the troop surge was going on, a very expensive proposition. the base pentagon budget was $431 billion and that did not count the cost of the wars in iraq and afghanistan but the base was 43 $431 billion. today the base is $551 billion. people are saying why should it be so much more today than it was in the peak war years of 2007. to get back to the 2007 spending levels would require significant cuts. >> neil: real quickly, are they going to resolve this before the 11th hour? >> i think they will. there is bipartis
to do, wind down the war in afghanistan, cut the pentagon budget in a way that protects our security, deal with iran, deal with the middle east. he's going to have a big job to do. he's an impressive guy, as mika said, he's got tons of support, as andrea said, but he does have detractors who he's going to have to win over even if they don't vote for him. >> he has sharp elbows. when i was on the hill, i didn't like the guy. i didn't. a lot of people didn't like the guy. i understand why john mccain wouldn't like a republican senator that endorsed a democrat. i understand. he doesn't play well with others in the sandbox. he certainly didn't when he was in the senate. i got to know him, though, through the years, and we got to know him. we like him. we respect him. he said some things about israel that caused me concerns. >> yeah. >> but he's going to be the president's secretary of defense. and i just wonder, what's better for democrats politically? if barack obama gets his republican secretary of defense or if republicans who, after deep sixing an african-american woman for secretary
2014. they are not ruling out that option. pentagon officials say the troops are still needed to keep strengthening the afghan army and help keep al qaeda away. this comes days after osama bin laden is meeting with hamid karzai. no decision has been made for anthony's appeal to get the lying conviction thrown out. she is convicted of lying to police. the statements she used to police can't be used against her because she was not read her amanda rights. >>> across the country struggle to go keep up all of the people coming in with flu like illnesses. one set up a special tent outside. this is 29 states already reporting extremely high amounts of cases. >> we are live with the latest on what health officials there are dealing with. >> the flu is hitting harder and also hitting earlier especially here in northeast ohio. there were 134 cases of the flu that were reported last week and that was up 73 according to the cuyahoga county board of health. they are already putting restrictions in place. 30 minutes outside of cleveland they were packed with patients yesterday. they are now having
. but i think the pentagon should be like any other governing department, analyzing to see what we don't really need. there a lot of hardware that will be challenged and the pentagon will have to make further reductions. should not spend a dollar more for military spending we need to. we have to find the right balance. and i have confidence in the people who understand the strength of the country comes from an economy that's working well. defense spending is at the expense of domestic spending. we will spend what we think we need on domestic issues as well and domestic programs as well. so constrained spending for that which is absolutely needed, domestic spending should be what is needed for the taking care of people and infrastructure and all the other things that we need. but everything should be on the table. it was a mistake not to accept the proposal they came from simpson-bowles. everybody had come to the table ready to give up something. that did not pass political muster. and now we are trying to figure out how to live beyond that. whether it's the pentagon or however we do it
release. >> pelley: the pentagon has been drawing up plans on how many u.s. troops to keep in afghanistan, but today, for thebu first time, the administration says that there is a chance no n americans will remain after next year. president obama will talk it over with the afghan presidentiden hamid karzai friday at the white house. venezuela's government said today that president hugo chavez is too ill to attend his swearing-in for a new term on thursday. chavez, who is 58, is in cuba for cancer treatment. he hasn't spoken publicly in a month. his vice president is filling in. chavez has made a career out of bashing the united states and allied himself with iran and syria. a painting by the artist henri matisse has been recovered 25 years after it was stolen from a swedish museum. an art dealer in england was putting it up for sale when he discovered that it was listed on an international registry of stolen artwork. he says the current owner bought it in good faith 20 years ago.at the painting is valued at $1 million. it will be returned to the museum. some of the most powerful creatures
to lead the pentagon. there was a question of whether any republican would actually put a hold on the nomination. >> some said they will vote against it. >> yes, but putting a hold on it would be a very rare thing and the white house would not be about to nominate him if they didn't think he could actually make it through the senate. whatty we are learning is the white house hold senior members of congress to expect the nomination. >> you have serious questions. chuck hegel did endorse the president in 2008 and 2012. >> that are created consternation for john mccain who had been very, very close to chuck hegel in the senate as fellow republican. i think that they have a distance to go. not only with republicans by the way, but with democrats who really are feeling the heat from the pro israel hob lobby who would not support chuck hegel. not only is joe biden comfortable, but the president himself knows chuck hegel well and serves on the intelligence advisory board and it's clear they established a relationship. >> word that the headline out of what we were just talking about is
the pentagon. the reason you don't have women in three and four-star ranks because they have career plans that don't usually require or would involve 30 years of service. it makes it pretty hard to have a family life and that's why a lot of women who might be qualified to be a three and four-star general or admiral choose not to go on that career path. now, you don't want to go with a trickle-up kind of thing where you force -- >> couldn't you say the same thing about men, because they have children, too, and responsibilities to their families? >> yes, they do, but again, i'm looking at the empirical evidence. women make different career choices so they are promoted at rates equal to or faster than men. this goes back decades. it's not changed. >> but the women entering the military are not making different career choices. they're entering the military. >> if you want to have a first female chairman of the joint chiefs, that is not a good enough reason, but if say general odierno wanted to give up his seat to a female general for the sake of diversity, he could do that right now. but why
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that issue, the gay issue, so called, about 14 years ago he made some comments about an ambassadorial nomination who as he put it was openly and aggressively gay. now that's, of course, a buzz saw of criticism. so it's not
there are things in the pentagon you probably could deal with. i'm somebody who is a reaganite, i believe defense spending equates to capability. i don't want to shirk on weapon's capability or shirk on compensation for people putting their life on the line, but i have embraced what senator coburn wants to do, audit the pentagon. u.s. a very big bureaucracy. ask people who served on active duty in iraq, afghanistan, or on the home front. it's a big bureaucracy and a lot of times our military is successful in spite of the bureaucracy, but not because of it. i wouldn't say you can't look at defense, but if you think we'll balance the budget just by cutting defense, one, i don't think you can get there, but, two, we will be inviting danger from abroad, rather than protecting the people if we do that. >> you think we'll have a big fight over entitlements, social security, medicare? that will be coming up with the debt ceiling? part of the debt ceiling negotiations? >> i think we need to restructure some of the entitlements, get in the way that they are sustainable over the long term. whether it's via
leon panetta about the pentagon's budget. he said the military is being forced to prepare for the worse due to the threat of severe budget cuts that are set to kick in on march 1st. this is a result of the fiscal cliff negotiations which failed to end the process known as sequestration. he said it's threatening the pentagon's ability to defend the nation. >> all told, this uncertainty, if left unresolved by the congress, will seriously harm our military readiness. >> panetta said he is being forced to curtail facility maintenance for non-critical activities, to freeze the hiring of civilians and take additional cost-cutti inting measures. >>> a report by the justice department reveals more light on the secret service escort problem last year. overall nine secret service agents implicated in dealing with prostitutes resigned or retired from the service. >>> we could learn today if officials in washington, d.c. will bring charges against nbc. david gregory used a high capacity gun magazine as a prop last month during an interview duri daught with an nra member. >>> it is not every day you
. that is a devastating impact. i am wondering why don't they go after the pentagon? is it the pentagon as a policy declared to say if you attack us, that is an act of war. >> new evolution in the strategies. an act of self-defense were cyber attack or something active defense, some entities getting their heads around the sanctions. yes, there has been some modifications, so financial institutions are quickly getting their heads around those vulnerabilities but by in large many of those are well saved, love institutions have been able to protect themselves. people are employing them. dennis: this is yet again another denial of service attack. where hackers and of taking over a little network and they have thousands and thousands of requests and they freeze the system. what i can't understand is why can't you guys in the business fix this? it has been around for 30 years or more, how can you guys haven't been able to do away with it? >> availability of your systems is a paramount element. social networking to twitter every second means everything. as we get more and more connected, availability is a
the management experience is regarding the pentagon if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. >> he calls the jewish lobby call into question his support for israel. he stood shoulder to shoulder with the president on foreign policy. >> i know chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. he is somebody who has done extraordinary work in the united states senate. somebody who served this country with valor in vietnam. he is serving on the intelligence advisory board and doing a great job. >> some questioned james hormel's nomination as being in his words openly aggressively gray. he would later apologize. even many democrats take a wait and see approach to his nomination. >> let him get nominated if he is going to be nominated and let's hear what the senator had to say. >>> this may be announced as early as today. doug luzader in washington for us. >> the nomination of chuck hagel is the big talk this morning. >> cruise highly critical of the choice and the cities -- -- highly critical of the choice as the main issue. >>> if hagel is nominated it is difficult to look at the circum
's. how lives are going to change for men and women of the pentagon and how committed chuck hagel is. so she wants to know even though some of the gay activists and some of the interest groups human rights campaign have said that they accept his apology for what he said 14 years ago. >> well, so andrea, i would say that, first of all, i agree with chuck, and i think that what matters here is that the confirmation hearing, i think, may actually matter for chuck hagel. both in terms of the point chuck made, which is that if there is something sort of that we don't know that comes out, this is not a nominee who can probably with stand something like that. i think it's important that chuck schumer, tammy baldwin, normally if nominees fail, whether it's for supreme court or cabinet decisions, they fail in terms of confirmation because the sort of old party of the president pulls back. with harriet myers it was the uprising amongst conservatives that really doomed her. it seems to me john cornyn is not going to be for chuck hagel or john mccain. i doubt they're going to be for chuck hagel, but
every single obama nominee until the pentagon agreed to a contract in alabama shelby's home state to one of the largest contributors to shelby's campaign. >> jennifer: of course. will the it address this issue of the buying of filibusters by lobbyists, is that something that could be fixed? >> we don't know what the end package will look like. but the outline that has been proposed by udall will provide accountability. if a senator like senator shelby wants to block a special interest then they have to go to the floor and make their case. that will call for accountability. >> jennifer: so a piece of paper cannot make your case for you. you've got to do what jimmy stewart in "mr. smith goes to washington" did. stand on the floor and make the case. however, that has been opposed by the group of carl levin and john mccain. >> there are a lot of competing interests here, and some folks for the compromise where instead just some nominees could be blocked, but each senator could have unlimited abilities to filibuster a nominee. again, with the republicans in the minority, they don't want to se
-your-face nomination by the president. i do not know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. it is a controversial choice. the second term of obama will be an in-your-face term. i will not talk to you about the debt ceiling. here is my secretary of defense nominee. >> senator graham on cnn yesterday. the headline in "the wall str eet ounjournal." -- --"ysusa today" here is an ad in "the washington post" -- what do you think about spending and whether it should be tied to a debt limit increase? that is our question for you this morning. john, california, republican. caller: the debt ceiling should be frozen. c-span and any other public speaker on the airways should make it clear that the debt of the united states will not go into default because the country collects 200 billion in taxes and the debt payment is 40 billion. how would you prioritize any remaining of the $170 billion? host: how do you think this battle will go down? caller: the republicans need to stick to their guns. vote to not increase the debt limit. engage the public to prioritize spending. social security s
a pair of potential confirmation fights. president obama's choices to oversee the pentagon and the c.i.a. will now be called to answer questions about everything from israel to iran to interrogations. there has been much speculation about both nominations, but the president made them official this afternoon in the east room of the white house. >> my choice for two key members of my national security team. chuck hagel, former secretary of defense and john brennan for director of the central intelligence agency. >> woodruff: hagel is a vietnam veteran who would replace the retiring leon panetta. he would be the first defense secretary who saw combat as an enlisted soldier. >> in chuck hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. they see one of their own. chuck is the champion of our troops and our veterans and our military families. as the leader of the v.a., he fought to give our veterans the benefits they deserve. as head of the u.s.o., he devoted himself to caring for our troops. >> woodruff: the former senator from nebraska who left office in 2009 sai
at the pentagon and for all of our citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. bid>> thank you for your very kd remarks and the trust you placed in me when asked me to be acting director twice. i have the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business. and public servants with extraordinary dedication. a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation i know he will be in all standing director of the central intelligence agency. john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. this is a homecoming. on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say "welcome home." >> mr. president, it is a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the central intelligence agency. the women and men of the cia are among the most dedicated, courageous, selfless, and hard working individuals. at great personal risk and sacrifice they have m
judge has denied that request. the pentagon has authorized only a closed-circuit broadcast to several military bases in the northeast u-s. >> jacqueline: iwe can see the increase in cloud coverage for this weekend and the even the possibility of rainfall but very slight. >> catherine: we are going to get back to weather and first officials in east palo alto are asking for help to avoid a flooded creek is a corroded levy. new at six. support donors have come forward. tonight officials in east palo alto are asking for the states help to fix a corroded levy along the san francisquito creek that's the same creek that flooded a near by neighborhood back on december 23rd. and as kron 4's scott rates reports the mayor of that town is not taking any chances. >> we are conten trying to appeal to the national level and state level to try to get funding for this problem. >> reporter: right now the creek is fine in the levels are good but if there is a another big storm these could give way. the engineers say that these need to be repaired but they do not have the money. that is why it is declare
fighters who attacked u.s. forces in afghanistan. a pentagon official describes him as someone who has a great deal of blood on his hands. >>> from deep inside caves in the taliban territory of afghanistan, a remarkable discovery. israel's national library has unveiled a collection of ancient hebrew manuscripts it just bought. it points to a thriving jewish community in the region about 1,000 years ago. the papers survived because the caves are so dry and so dark. >>> police in florida are asking for help in finding three criminals. they were caught on cameras this past monday as they held up a radioshack in pompano baemp. they fled out the back door and into a waiting getaway car. >> brazen. >>> and on a much lighter note, but also from florida, some anger over what some neighbors are calling an eye sore. >> this homeowner has graffitied his own house. it was his reaction after people in the neighborhood complained about the removal of some trees. now police say the graffiti might not look good, but it isn't a crime. >> the home owner plans on painting over the graffiti at some point,
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama will be an in-your-face term. >> so what are some of the issues? start with israel. as you heard, a number of his opponents, especially on the republican or conservative side think chuck hagel is not a friend of israel and point to his position on iran sanctions. they say because of his position that iran sanctions essentially aren't effective, that that is another point against him. also, from the liberal side, comments about a dozen, maybe 14 years ago, that chuck hagel made about a candidate for an ambassadorial position, where he called him openly and aggressively gay. now, chuck hagel has since apologized for that, but that also raises some haggles among some people on the more liberal side. not going to be a friendly reception up in the senate, however, the white house obviously thinks they can pull it off. >> an interesting confirmation hearing, that's for sure. >> let's talk a
concerns some, even over at the pentagon defense secretary panetta saying that that would be a bad idea, but what most likely will be is a few thousand troops on the ground and certainly this is driven by pressure on the president to whether it's political on financial pressure to aggressively draw down troops underground in afghanistan. no doubt that will be part of the discussion today and also as our pentagon folks have been reporting president karzai will be coming to these meetings with a wish list. he needs helicopters. he wants border security surveillance equipment. he wants drones as well for surveillance purposes and these are things they're telling us not to expect any major break-through during the meetings. they'll have a bilateral meeting and a working lunch and then there will be a joint press conference. >> dan lothian reporting live from the white house, of course we'll bring you president obama and hamid karzai's live news conference. wolf blitzer will anchor special cover annuage at 1:00 p.m. east time. >>> better news this morning about the flu. cnn's elizabeth cohen
'donnell. le >>> a battle is brewing with and n president obama's pick to head the pentagon. critics at critics promised a tough n proc confirmation process for former huck hagel senator chuck hagel. >> there are also questions o about the president's nomination his to run the cia, antiterrorism bi chief, john brennan. bill plante is at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the president's choice of chuck hagel for pentagon and john brennan for cia means a the whit confirmation battle. the white house went into this knowing that. w so there's a campaign to win thek that battle. is not some senators think hagel is not others that tough nouf on iran others that l. he's not committed to israel. brennan is under scrutiny by those who want to know if he was involved in harsh interrogation w programs when he was at the administ white house during the george them on bush administration. the president defended his hagel' nominees as he announced them. our >> chuck hagel's leadership of the our military would be historic. he would be the first person of ser
to brief state department officials, white house officials, pentagon officials? they were not happy that you went there. >> we've sent a report. if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased pleased to brief them. you are here in washington. nobody has asked you to give an eyeball to eyeball report? >> i've sent a report in and if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased to talk to them. they were nervous about this trip, i know. but i've been going to north korea a long time and have had had substantial success and i think this trip was successful, mainly because of eric schmidt and google. forget the politics, forget foreign policy. the fact that we can talk about a free internet, free exchange of information, more mobile technology, there's a thirst around the world for this kind of technology and that's good because people are communicating with each other. >> let's see if they do anything about it. governor, thanks very much for coming in. >>> it's one of the hot button issues out there, the gun debate. what to do about background checks for gun buyers? we're taking a closer look at the
on my show, colonel ellen herring, one of two women suing the pentagon for discrimination saying all the jobs should be open to everyone, men, women, the standards shouldn't be lowered, it should be one single standard. how can you help make that happen? >> well first of all, april makes ten years for me serving in the army national guard. we have women who have been serving in combat roles for a long time whether it has been under a combat title or not. if we look back to the civil war, we had women who were disguising themselves as men, so they could serve. we have in hawaii two brigades who have females who are serving in infantry units, and i think there is so much room for progress and we just need to make the connection from reality of the roles that women are already playing in our military and perception, where people don't have as close an understanding of the great contributions and sacrifices that women have been making for our country for a very long time. >> okay. >> that's what i'm excited about. i'm able to bring my own firsthand experience, my own deployments to the f
of the presidential palace for a rally >>> hamid karzai is conducting high level rounds this week at the pentagon talking about u.s. presence in his country. he will meet with secretary of state clinton later today and president obama tomorrow. >> jerry sandusky back in court today hoping to get his child sex abuse conviction overturned. his attorneys are agoing the court did not give them enough time to prepare for trial. the judge will rule on the appeal at a later date. >>> tomorrow, we'll know if the man accused of a mass shooting inside an aurora colorado movie theater will go on trial. james holmes preliminary hearing ended wednesday, two days earlier than expected. the defense called no witnesses. prosecutors showed several photos taken from his home, including self-portraits and images taken from inside the cinema several weeks before 12 people were killed. casey wian is outside the courtroom in centennial, colorado, with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. earlier, you used the word creepy to describe cell phone photos taken by james holmes that were taken yesterday. th
and pentagon. now, investigators are looking at records of those interactions to determine whether the filmmakers had any inappropriate access to sensitive information. >> i never asked for classified material. to my knowledge, i never received any. >> reporter: in a december statement to cia personnel, acting director michael morell, called the film a dramatization. saying it creates the strong impression that the enhanced interrogation techniques were the key to finding bin laden. that impression was false. but he said some of the information leading to the capture came from those interrogation techniques. the filmmakers stress that this is not a documentary. it's a movie. it's based on actual events. but some of them are dramatized. >> okay, martha, thank you very much. >>> now, we're going to turn to an alarming report about americans asleep at the wheel. the new research shows it's happening a lot more than you might think. to 1 in 24 adults. and the true numbers are likely higher because some people don't realize they're nodding off. abc's ron claiborne is here with the detai
with that breaking news out of the white house. the president will nominate his picks for the pentagon and cia later today. already stirring up some controversy. abc's martha raddatz is in washington. >> reporter: let's start with the defense secretary. you might think a republican, vietnam veteran, former senator, with all kinds of clout would be the perfect choice. but chuck hagel will have to fight for confirmation. republican chuck hagel has one very important democrat on his side -- >> i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> reporter: but when news broke that he'd be the pick for secretary of defense, prominent republicans, who would be a part of the confirmation, called him an in-your-face pick. >> it's difficult to imagine a circumstance in which i could support his nomination. >> it's a controversial choice. >> reporter: even conservative groups got in on the fight against hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: why is everyone so sour on the former republican senator? last month he had to issue an apology for comments made in 1998 about president
secretary of defense who everybody likes a lot. >>gretchen: who is that? >>brian: she's been in the pentagon. >>gretchen: i never heard her name as an option. for me, there's two reasons why this will not be a problem for chuck hagel in the long run. first of all, are the american people paying attention to this? i mean, i think if you could get the american people involved and they start representatives and say i have a problem with this or i light chuck hagel, then it becomes a hotter topic and you might see some sort of possibility that it doesn't happen. but if you don't get the american people involved, i think it is an easy situation for him. people talk about political capital. why would the president do this kind of fight? he was elected for four more years. to me, this president has shown in the first four years that he's willing to go to battle for these types of things because remember when he won the first election, one of the first thing he said was "i won the election." >>steve: after george bush and george bush lost all his political capital by the time katrina hit. he was not
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